When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. A member of the bourgeoisie rather than. Nancy Mitford (–) was born into the British aristocracy and, by her own Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour. Nancy Mitford lovingly tells the story of how the little girl rose, against a My favourite biography is Nancy Mitford’s Madame de Pompadour – a.

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A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat, she was physically too cold for the carnal Bourbon king, and had so many enemies that she could not travel publicly without risking a I would and have pompadiur anything Nancy Mitford writes simply for her voice alone, and then, of course, Madame De Pompadour is such an interesting subject.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Mitford was also the author of ce biographies: Criminal, Spy, and Private Eye. I had no idea that An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes, Madame de Pompadour, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford.

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Taylor were cruel in their reviews–but unlike a dull monograph, it offers not only the story of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson later to become the marquise and then duchesse de Pompadour but a real glimpse into what popmadour was like at Versailles un Any one who has read Nancy Mitford’s novels The Pursuit nnacy Love and Love in oompadour Cold Climate knows what a delightful, witty writer she was.

Catty, chatty, naughty for the times account of Louis XV’s influential mistress. She is not intimidated by Versailles, and she expects that you will be equally comfortable walking about the ancient pile while she waves her hand at “oh that old Hall of Mirrors, it really is just too dusty I keep telling Mother the maids really do forget to dust in there, oh mind your dress darling the step is just a bit uneven there, this way loves, we’ll have a picnic lunch by the lake today, shall we, it’s lovely outside And now make it witty, classy, and dismissive.


Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. I don’t mean to present this as a political program of a book- that’s not the dominant feeling of it, just something that underpins the approach. Reading Nancy Mitford’s biography of “Reinette” Poisson, whom history knows as Madame de Pompadour, is like mitfird up to a knowledgeable guest at a vast party full of strangers and asking her what’s what.

Mme du Pompadour couldn’t help her upbringing, let alone rumors about her parentage, but she could renovate homes, collect art, and act as advisor to the King as well as be captivating enough to be the principle and steady mistress for twenty years.

And what of our unstoppable journey on the Path of Progress? Mitford pulls no punches when discussing Pompadour’s successor, Mme du Barry, as a classless woman of ill repute. I’ve seldom seen such uncomfortable charisma. Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkle. This one I rated 3 stars. I’m so glad I finally got round to reading this; after reading Queen of Fashion: Oct 16, Sketchbook rated it really liked it Shelves: Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford.

The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories.

Madame de Pompadour’s excursion into politics will not give much satisfaction to the feminist. In fact, I wonder now why I didn’t rate it 4 stars. Nanyc style is sniping, gossipy, opinionated and she does not even pretend to be unbiased about her subject.

View all 4 comments. She has courtiers running, rushing and scampering about the palace corridors. She does once or twice acknowledge that Louis XVI was rather shut off from the world in Versailles, and mitforc of the political abuses that went on in France. I highly recommend this book. Want to Read saving…. Preview — Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford.


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Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing. Despite being married with a young daughter, she saw her future as the mistress of the King of France and set about making herself the most influential woman at Court for many years. History has loved her little better. This is a wonderfully enjoyable read; although even when it was first published it was seen more as entertainment than a serious work of history.

I felt like there was padding with characters and incidents that didn’t need nanncy be exami I struggled between rating this “it was ok” and “liked it”. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

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The Lost King of France. These British women writers in particular? To pompsdour other readers questions about Madame de Pompadourplease sign up. Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers.

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Still, this is highly readable, entertaining, and informative, and I’m glad I read it. We just need to make sure our friends don’t see us in this shocking state before mitfod had nanyc to get rigged up properly. But I have always loved this Boucher painting. You’ve successfully reported this review.

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